Week 67 | Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ

I hope and pray you all good week! We sure did. I love my mission so much and can’t say that enough. 

Major Miracles that happened this week! 

The beginning of this week was rough! Like I mentioned last week Sister Howell & I have been experiencing lots of rejection everyday. There were 4 days in a row where no one wanted to listen to the message we share. My heart began to break as I felt lost to know what to do. Then on Thursday we had exchanges with the Sister Training Leaders. I was staying in JC with Sister Goss and I was scared because of the rejection we had been experiencing. As we began driving I just told her everything that had been happening and how I could feel my faith beginning to weaken because nothing was happening in this area. We talked for a little bit about Faith and how the Lord will deliver us. We then said a prayer and went out knocking doors. Within 10 minutes the Lord blessed us with two people who were willing to listen to our message. We continued to go out finding that day and we just focused on talking to everyone. By the end of the day the Lord had blessed us with 6 people who were prepared to hear the message we share. I was in pure shock. This was the Lord saying to me, ” I am with you, this is My Work and I promise you as you work diligently and if it is my will they will be ready to receive you ” I love my Savior and know He Lives. 

We had a lesson with two of our investigators Jon & Julie they are from Micronesia. President Wells ( our branch president ) came to the lesson with us. It was an awesome lesson about the sacrament and about the sabbath day! We invited them to come to church and they came! It was an amazing miracle! The Spirit was there in that lesson. I am so grateful for Member missionary work! 

Kansas is amazing and I love it here. Serving the Lord is a blessing. I love it so much. I am grateful for my Savior and for my mission. 

Have a good week everyone and remember the Lord is with you! 

pictures: 

  • We like willow trees 🙂 
  • I can hold baby rats as long as they are not trying to raid my apartment 
  • I feel I am serving with my long lost sister! I love you Sister Howell! 
  • If you zoom in you can see all butterflies 🙂 
  • Had an amazing exchange with one of our STLs Sister Goss ❤️
  • As you can tell she is super happy to be with me ❤️ 
  • Happy Sunday for the JC branch sisters! 
  • The brinkerhoffs brought us a snack when we went to 5 hours of church  😍

 

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Week 66 | I am so happy

Hello friends & family! 

May I just say how much I love my companion, Sister Howell. She is full of light, joy, and love. I know we are supposed to be together in Junction City plus she’s a great driver. 🙂 I truly do love her. I know I am gonna learn so much from her. 

We had lots of rejection this week but I know the Lord is preparing lots of people here in Junction City! I feel He is also seeing if he can trust us. We are striving our best to talk to everyone and feels so good to do this! No matter how many times people reject us I know the Lord is with us. 

We had a couple of miracles this week! On Saturday we had an MBP to find at least 2 new investigators before dinner and we went out and started knocking doors! The second door we knocked Patrica answered! She came out and we happily told her that we share a message of hope and healing from the Savior. That we have Savior that loves us and He can heal us from all things. She then expressed she couldn’t sit down and talk that day but that she would love for us to come back on Wednesday at 3pm! We are so excited! 🙂 what a miracle! The Lord is amazing and I love Him so much. 

On Sunday all of the people we committed to church canceled. We prayed then we went to church and a young man walked in looking very confused. We quickly walked up to him and he expressed how his girlfriend in Kentucky goes to this church and he wanted to try it out so he looked it up and he came! He was very nervous so we said” here come sit by us!” Right when sacrament was about to start he left to go to the bathroom. Sister Howell and I  got so nervous because we were afraid that he was gonna leave! So we prayed hard! Then he walked in again! 🙂 our hearts were SO HAPPY! Oh my word! After church he stayed so we could tell him more! He lives on Fort Riley ( army base ) and we expressed that He has had a loving Heavenly Father who has watched over him his whole life and he was touched by that. We are meeting with him again on Friday! We’re are so excited! WHAT A MIRACLE! The Lord provided! He guided this young man to us! 

I love my mission so much! Christ lives and loves us. Have the best week everyone! 

Pictures: 

  • Sister Hansen & I 🙂 
  • saying goodbye to the best part of the dream team. I love you Sister Curran. You served an amazing mission! 
  • Sister Howell & I ❤️ she is amazing! 
  • Our cute bedroom! 
  • We wanted to match on floral Friday 🌸
  • Of course we study in our proselyting clothes with just a couple extra layers… 
  • walking the streets of this sacred heartland & meeting God’s children is my favorite 
  • We found an awesome junk yard that reminded us of lady & the tramp 
  • This is Sister Howell. I love her and she is a blessed person & is BEAUTIFUL
  • It was Elder Miller’s birthday! Happy Birthday! We celebrated as a district and went out to dinner! What do you do when there is no party hats you buy paw patrol masks… 🙂 
  • We keep matching! 🙂 
  • Happy Sabbath from the Junction City sisters! & Sister Petersen! 
  • Having the best time on p-day with the best ❤

Love,

Sister Thompson 💛

Week 65 | The Lord is Hastening His Work

Hi family and friends! 

This week lots of exciting things happened! As most of you saw the Kansas Wichita Mission got Facebook and now we are able to get in contact with those that we are teaching and send them scriptures and videos throughout the week! It’s been an awesome experience so far. 

Alright, miracle time! 

We had three wonderful investigators come to church with us yesterday! Ryan, Mike and Linda! They all loved it. It is an amazing opportunity to be able to work with them and teach our message to those you are ready to here it. We have met some amazing people here in Junction City. We are working with lots of people who are excited to continue learning more about the message we share. 

We had a miracle last week! A member told us about a friend he had at work and told us to go visit her! We went and met her last week and she is so sweet! She had met with missionaries in Virginia and took all the discussions then moved! Her name is Chanel and we love her and her family. She invited us for dinner on Saturday and we’re gonna start the discussions with her then! We’re so excited! Yay! 

Oh my goodness Mike just warms my heart! He is doing so well! He is reading the Book of Mormon everyday and loving it! We had a ” break the fast” after church yesterday with the branch and it was so fun! Mike met lots of new friends and we all enjoyed yummy food together. We are going to see Mike later this week and I am so excited! 

We are also working with a man named Ryan who is so awesome! The sisters have been working with him for a while and he is progressing so well! We look forward continuing working with him! 

I feel so blessed. Last night I received a call from the assistants that I will be training a new missionary here in junction city. I thank the Lord and President McCuistion for this amazing learning opportunity. I love my new companion already. I am so excited to learn from her, with her and to see tons of miracles daily! I am grateful for my time with Sister Hansen she taught me lots and we had a great 2 weeks together! She is returning to one of her old areas and reopening it. I am so happy for her.

I just would like to express my gratitude for our Savior, Jesus Christ. He lives and loves us. He knows us by name and is always with us. He is not the one who walks away from us, we are the ones who walk away from Him. Stay with him and walk with him. Have a good week! 

Pictures: 

  • silly faces with Little A 🙂 
  • Held a snake at a members house, I loved it. 
  • This is one of my favorite pictures of our Savior, Jesus Christ 

Week 64 | An Apostle of the Risen Lord Jesus Christ 

It’s hard to put this week into words. Being in the presence of an Apostle of the Risen Lord Jesus Christ was a life changing experience. As I shook his hand and looked into his eyes I felt I had a personal interview with him. What a moment. We sat in the front row!! My eyes began to fill with tears as I watched him greet fellow missionaries. We also had the amazing opportunity to hear from Elder Brett K. Nattress of the quorum of the seventy. As well as Elder Rawsen who is our Area authority seventy. 

Many great inspired principles were taught. The Spirit pricked my heart multiple times throughout the meeting that Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God, The Book of Mormon is the word of God, I have been called of God to labor in the Kansas Wichita Mission, We have a loving Heavenly Father who loves us so dearly, The Atonement of Jesus Christ makes Salvation possible and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has been restored in these latter days. I want each and everyone of you to know that I know these things are true, the Gospel of Jesus Christ blesses us not only as individual people but as families. 

So many miracles this week! Oh my word my heart is just so happy to be here with my wonderful companion Sister Hansen and to be in a city of miracles. Let’s talk about these miracles! 

Mike Shaw! He is such a good man! Oh my goodness. He has been meeting with the sister missionaries for little while and is just so awesome. His heart has been so prepared. We had an amazing lesson this week on the Gospel of Jesus Christ! We had two recent converts there and their testimonies were so powerful and really helped Mike! He then came to church on Sunday and loved it! He stayed for all three hours and will be coming with us next week. Yesterday we went over to his home and talked about keeping the commandments of God and how all the commandments are for our benefit! We invited him to read 2 Nephi 31 and he was so happy! He just makes my heart so happy. I can’t say that enough. 

Patrick Magaña was baptized and confirmed this weekend! It was so good to meet him! I don’t know him very well BUT he was truly prepared to hear this message! He is truly a kingdom builder and will be a great strength to the branch! 

Junction City is wonderful. I am so grateful to be here and I love my mission. Christ lives and walks with me everyday He also walks with each and everyone of you. 

Pictures: 

  • REUNITING WITH SISTER SHIPLEY! Sorry the photos are blurry 🙂 ( they are coming from a video ) it was a great moment 
  • Exchanges with Sister McArthur! 
  • William Dickman is from Sherwood! And most missionaries who served in his ward! 
  • This picture is from a while back in Maize. But this is how I feel everyday while serving our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ 
  • This is Mike. Mike is amazing and he wants to come closer to His Savior. 
  • On Saturday Patrick Magaña entered into the waters of baptism. Saturday was an amazing day! Yay for Patrick! ( He is the one in the purple shirt & I am holding Sister Hogan I replaced her in Junction City and she taught him ) 
  • Jammin ‘ out to Circle of Life by The Mormon Tabernacle Choir in the car wash! Yay for p- day 
  • Our mission with Elder Dallin H. Oaks and Elder Brett K. Nattress 

 

63 | Junction City

Blog Title: JUNCTION CITY, KS 

Hello friends and family! This week went by crazy fast and lots of great  things happened! I got to go on two exchanges this week! One with Sister Nail and one with Sister Bender! We had Zone Conference this week. It was an amazing revelatory experience. I love being able to be taught by President, the Assistants, fellow missionaries, and the Spirit! 

After zone conference President asked if he could speak to me. He sat me down and I said, ” President I’m not gonna lie I am little scared right now…” He began to laugh and said, ” you already know what I’m going to say…” In that moment I totally didn’t haha! He said, ” Sister Thompson I am releasing you as a Sister Training Leader. It is hard having a Sister Training Leader companionship that cannot drive ” Immeaditly I began to cry not only because I knew I was leaving this wonderful area, but my companion, the sisters in these three zones, and the people in the ward and in the area. He thanked me for my service on the Mission Leadership Council and with the sisters. He informed me I would be going to Junction City, KS with Sister Hansen. Junction City is up by Manhattan. At first my heart was so sad but once I let the news settle in I began to feel peace about it. 

I am grateful for all my time in Bel Aire and grateful for the last three weeks with Sister Setoki, I feel so blessed to have gotten the opportunity to serve with her and learn from her! She taught me diligence and accountability unto the Lord. I love with her all my heart and she will do amazing things in Bel Aire! 

Speaking of amazing things! The Kansas Wichita Mission this Saturday will be visited by Elder Dallin H. Oaks. Oh my goodness! What an incredible opportunity to hear from an apostle of the Lord. I feel so blessed to be here at this time. 

I hope you all have a great week! Sorry this email is so short. We have had a crazy week. Love you all! 

This scripture  is gonna help me out tons this week and I hope it will help some of you! 

Mosiah 7:33 ” But if ye will turn to the Lord with full purpose of heart, and put your trust in him, and serve him with all diligence of mind, if ye do this, he will, according to his own will and pleasure, deliver you out of bondage. “ 

Pictures: 

  • Ms. Lavonne Blair. We love this lady and grateful Maggie could come with us to visit her! 
  • Last time to get BOBA in Bel Aire with my favorite people! I will miss all of them! 
  • Exchanges with Sister Nail! We loaded Lavonne’s cigarette box with pictures of Christ. It was so fun! 
  • Zone Conference picture! 
  • I love the Cashmans! I will MISS THEM ❤
  • Our District! My last picture with them 😦 
  • Knocking apartment complexes 🙂 
  • Sister Cashman gave us water bottles. Thank you Sister Cashman! 
  • Taking pictures of the land I love 🌻💛 
  • Exchanges with Wichita West Spanish Sisters! 
  • Saying goodbye to the Sants, the Atwood’s, and Sister Laham 🙂 
  • The Bishop and his family! 
  • Saying goodbye to Sister Setoki 💔

Week 62 | Just Pictures

Pictures just for y’all! 🙂 

  • Studying the New Testament! I am in love. What nets do you need to leave behind to follow our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?
  • after a humid rainy day, smelling like dog and cigarettes a shower was needed. I will miss smelling like cigarettes. Kansas is my home ❤ 
  • My personal goals for August 2017! 
  • I LOVED THIS! This is my motto for the REST OF MY MISSION. ” Come Follow Me” the Savior said

Week 61 | After Opposition Comes Miracles

Hello to all who read this blog! I hope y’all had a good week! This week not gonna lie was a rough start but ended great! I’m so grateful for that! 

At the beginning of the week we had exchanges with the sisters in Augusta and that was fun! After district meeting we had to go clean out the car that I crashed the week before. I hadn’t seen the car since the accident happened. When I saw the car and sat in the front seat again I had a flashback of what happened and I honestly kind of ” shut down” cause it scared me so bad!! My poor companion thought I was so mad but I was just in shock so that was a good way to start off an exchange ended up being so good! I loved being with Sister Petersen! We just sang hymns all day and did fun harmonies! I need to get this girl to sing in church with me! 

We then had MLC this week and that was a great spiritual experiences! We learned lots and it was so fun to see everyone ESPECIALLY SISTER CURRAN! IM SO SAD WE DIDNT GET A PICTURE BUT MY HEART BURSTED WITH JOY WHEN I SAW HER. ❤

Te’Andra and her boys are ready to be baptized this Saturday. We are going lessons 4 and 5 with a member this week and we are so excited. As I was going over the BIQS ( Baptismal interview questions ) with her this week she looked at me with tears in her eyes and said, ” I have been burden down with so many things in my life and I am so excited to feel free of them when I am baptized. ” As I looked at her I saw a mother who is tired, full of love for her children, wants to change her life, and who is a beautiful daughter of our Heavenly Father. I feel so blessed for the relationship I have built with Te’Andra. She is an amazing woman and I just love her so much. The baptism on Saturday will be beautiful as her and two of her oldest sons get baptized with her. 

We had a surprise at church this week! Some elders were gonna have us meet one of their investigators Delora before Sunday but it didn’t work out. On Sunday morning we got a text message from her saying she was coming to join us! Delora and her son, Damarai came and loved it. She stayed all three hours. Bore her testimony in sacrament meeting, relief society, and told everyone it was her first time but that she felt she had found her new church home. Delora was definitely a miracle from our Heavenly Father and I’m so grateful to be here in Kansas witnessing all these wonderful miracles! We are excited to teach her and help her come closer to Christ. 

I hope everyone has a wonderful week! I love you all! This scripture will be in my heart all week and I pray you all will remember it as well! Mosiah 3:19, “  For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his Father” 

May we all come unto Christ by yielding ( following ) to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. 

Pictures: 

  • Me and sister Petersen on exchanges I love her! ❤ 
  • Exchanges with the Augusta sisters! 
  • Found this awesome mural. CHRIST GIVES US HOPE 
  • after walking in the heat for 2 hours we decided to sit down and cool off 
  • The Kansas Wichita Mission Mission Leadership Council 
  • The healthiest dinner I have ever had in my life. Thank you Sister Forgey! 
  • During lunch we fill out pass along cards 🙂 
  • Damari is my new best friend at church. I tried to tell him primary was gonna be a lot better than relief society but he didn’t believe me 🙂 good thing I had coloring books and crayons! 5 year olds and I just seem to click. 
  • Me and Sister Setoki ❤❤

Week 60 | Crazy Weather, A Car Accident, And Miracles, OH MY! 

I hope everyone had a wonderful week! This week has been full of crazy weather, a car accident, walking lots, and miracles. ( I am so sorry this letter is so long… forgive me ) 

On Wednesday I got my new amazing companion Sister Setoki! Oh my word how I love her. She is fantastic and it’s the best serving with her. We have lots of fun together everyday and see lots of miracles all because the Lord is with us. 

Thursday was an interesting day…. so we started off  by doing Weekly Planning, then we went and visited Nikki Reed! We read the Book of Mormon with her and she had planned to come to church with us yesterday but didn’t end up making it! It was a great lesson. On our way back we got in a car accident. I was driving going about 40 mph and I looked at Sister Setoki for what I felt was a quick second and before I knew it we had rear ended the car in front us. The air bags deployed. All is well. The people I hit were not injured and were very sweet. We are totally gonna go visit them as soon as we can! Our bodies are sore but we are so grateful that we are okay and came out of that accident with a few bruises and scratches. In the blessing I received from President McCuistion he said there were angels with us in that accident and I know that is so true! I’m grateful we were so protected! So we don’t have a car right now so we are walking everywhere so it is fun stuff! 

We went over to Te’Andra’s ( she is the single mother with six children ) house the day after the accident and had an incredible experience. The night before Sister Setoki and I read Alma 7 before we went to bed and received a strong prompting to read this with her the next day! As we read this chapter with her the Spirit was so strong. She read verses 11-15 which say, ” 11 And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people. 12 And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities. 13 Now the Spirit knoweth all things; nevertheless the Son of God suffereth according to the flesh that he might take upon him the sins of his people, that he might blot out their transgressions according to the power of his deliverance; and now behold, this is the testimony which is in me. 14 Now I say unto you that ye must repent, and be born again; for the Spirit saith if ye are not born again ye cannot inherit the kingdom of heaven; therefore come and be baptized unto repentance, that ye may be washed from your sins, that ye may have faith on the Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world, who is mighty to save and to cleanse from all unrighteousness. 15 Yea, I say unto you come and fear not, and lay aside every sin, which easily doth beset you, which doth bind you down to destruction, yea, come and go forth, and show unto your God that ye are willing to repent of your sins and enter into a covenant with him to keep his commandments, and witness it unto him this day by going into the waters of baptism. ” After reading those verses we invited her to be baptized by someone holding the priesthood power of God on August 12th and she said yes! After that we taught her the commandments and talked more about the things God wants us to do before we are baptized! Te’Andra and her children have truly been prepared by the Lord. THEN THEN! The next day we went back and we showed her kids a video of Jesus Christ being baptized and her eight year old son, KJ looked at us and said, ” I want to be baptized “  we asked him why he wanted to be baptized and he said, ” I want to live with God again and be clean from my sins ” MY HEART! My eyes were filled with tears. It was such a tender moment. Oh my goodness. What a miracle that was. The Spirit is the TRUE and the GREATEST teacher. Te’Andra and all her kids came with us to church. They were all so good during sacrament meeting because my wonderful mother sent them coloring books and cool toys! KJ was so reverent while the sacrament was being passed and it just warmed my heart. 

Yesterday morning we received a call from the Topeka Zone Leaders telling us one of their investigators had moved to our area and wanted to come to church with us! We got so excited and got her number and called her! Her name is Kelly and her boyfriend ‘s name is Dennis and they both came to church yesterday with us. They could only stay for sacrament but they loved it. We texted her later and set up a church tour for today at 6pm! Kelly is so sweet and some of her family was baptized in Topeka so she is excited to learn more and we feel honored to be able to teach Kelly and Dennis! 

As the month of July comes to a close I was able to finish studying the Book of Matthew in the Bible. I had the wonderful opportunity to come closer to my Savior as I read about Him, His Teachings, His Sacrifice, His love, and His Life. Yesterday I read Matthew chapter 28 which is all about Christ’s Resurrection. It was perfect to read this on the sabbath day right after being able to partake of the sacrament. I was reading in the institute manual and came across this quote by Jospeh B. Wirthlin ( a member of the quorum of the twelve apostles back in the day ), ” I think of how dark that Friday was when Christ was lifted up on the cross… I think that of all the days since the beginning of this world’s history, that Friday was the darkest. But the doom of that day did not endure. The despair did not linger because on Sunday, the resurrected Lord burst the bonds of death. He ascended from the grave and appeared gloriously triumphant as the Savior of all mankind… Each of us will have our own Fridays–those days when the universe itself seems shattered and the shards of our world lie littered about us in pieces. We all will experience those broken times when it seems we can never be put together again. We will all have our Fridays. But I testify to you in the name of the One who conquered death–Sunday will come. In the darkness of our sorrow, Sunday will come.” I would just like to add my testimony as a disciple of Jesus Christ that we all have had many of our own Friday’s where hope didn’t seem possible and faith was absent but Because of Jesus Christ we can have hope and faith to know He walked a lonely path so we don’t have to. He conquered all and fulfilled the Law of Moses and made the greatest the sacrifice. Death has no sting, the grave no victory. Christ’s Atonement made it possible so we all may live again with our Loving Father in Heaven. Jesus Christ is our Savior, Redeemer, and our Elder Brother and my heart is so full of gratitude for Him and this precious opportunity he has given me to be in Kansas with Him and see not only other precious people change but myself change through his Atonement and his Gospel. I know this Gospel is true and no matter how far from God we may feel… we are never alone. There is one person who can truly say they know EXACTLY how we are feeling that is our Savior, Jesus Christ and I leave this testimony with you in the name of Jesus Christ Amen. 

Have a good week everyone! I love you all! 

Pictures: 

  • Hey Kansas we love ya! Me & Sister Setoki ❤ 
  • We do this amazing work rain or shine. We got complete soaked AND it was beautiful! It was 100 degrees then there was a giant thunder storm and it dropped to 76 degrees! 
  • What do you do when you get in a car accident? You walk all day in the heat with your battle scars! We are so thankful to all the wonderful people who saw us and gave us rides and water. THANK YOU! You rescued us! 
  • Was in this lovely trio all day Saturday! 
  • I LOVE TOPEKA! I miss it everyday. 
  • Sister Adams from the Andover ward! I love her. We are now best friends 

Week 59 | The Best 126 Days Of My Mission 

Hello! I hope and pray everyone had a great week! This week was good and went by crazy fast. I can’t believe how fast time is going. I’m so grateful for my mission! I have lots of pictures this week 🙂 This week we went on an exchange and it was the last one of the transfer and now we get to start the nine exchanges all over again in the next two weeks. It’s crazy but so good because we learn so much from all the sisters!

We had a couple lessons with T’Andra this week and she is doing well! She couldn’t make it to church this week but her two older sons came with us and LOVED IT! We are so grateful they came. We are going to see them later this week and teach her and the kids the Gospel of Jesus Christ and talk to them about baptism.

We also have been teaching a woman named Margaret and she is awesome! She has a friend in another ward and he has talked to her about the Gospel and she has watched the Restoration movie and loved it! We went over this week and taught her the Restoration and she is praying to know if it is true, she enjoyed church a lot and we are so grateful that she came.

Another one of our investigators Nikki surprised us at church! Nikki has lots of friends in the ward and they have been inviting her to come! Nikki has met with missionaries on and off for a long time and she attends lots of different churches throughout the week so sometimes it is hard to catch her to have a lesson but when she came to church on Sunday the Spirit prompted me that we should go and visit her this week to see how she is doing.

All these miracles this week came from the Lord. He is a miracle worker and is with us everyday. I know I say that often but it is so true. He is laboring in this vineyard with us and I couldn’t be more grateful to have this sacred opportunity.

Sister Curran and I found out that our dream team is breaking up this week. These past 126 days have been the best. We have seen each other at our highest and lowest points. She has taught me important principles daily and has changed my life for good. Man how much I love this girl. I will miss her everyday. Words can not express how sad I am for her to be leaving. When we found out I kept singing ” God be with you till we meet again ” hahaha but she is going to the best place….TOPEKA! And she will be a Sister Training Leader up there and I am so excited for her. I am grateful for email and the meetings we will see each other at! I’ve never laughed so much in my life. I will always remember those moments. She is one of my best friends and always will be.  Thank you Sister Curran for the love and charity you have shown me. I love you!

I will be staying as a Sister Training Leader in Bel Aire and will be training a new Sister Training Leader Sister Setoki! She is also from Hawaii ( I’ve been blessed with three companions now from the beautiful pacific islands! )and we will have a blast together. I’m so excited! I don’t know her very much but we will definitely have see miracles together why?! Because the Lord is with us! I love her already.

This week we I had a very sweet experience while sharing a message at a members home after dinner. We felt prompted to show the video Because Of Him. Before the video we invited them to think about what they have Because of our Savior, Jesus Christ. This week was rough for me as the feelings and thoughts of inadequacy would not leave my mind. As the video began to play my heart was filled with peace. I began to think of our Savior and who He is to me. I became overwhelmed with the Spirit and could not hold back tears as I began to think of all the times in my life where He has given me peace. He is our Redeemer, Elder Brother, the Holy Messiah, the Savior of the World, and my best friend. I know Him, I know because of Him and I am here in this sacred heartland and can have daily peace from Him. This is divine peace not worldly peace. The Savior came to the earth to do the will of the Father, to lead us, to publish peace, and to save us. In Matthew chapter 21: 9 it says, ” And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest. ” This is when Christ triumphantly come to Jerusalem. I found out that having Christ ride in on a donkey is a sign of Jewish Royalty and also a sign that he has come to publish peace. When Christ has come He has published peace and He will come again to publish peace. He is the Prince of Peace and how grateful am I for Him. I love Him, I know Him and He is our Divine Redeemer.

I would invite you all to ponder this question, ” When has Christ published Peace in your life and how has that changed you personally?”

Have a good week everyone!

Pictures: 

  • exchanges with Glen Hills sisters!! WE LOVE THEM 🎉
  • Me & K’Morayiana! T’Andra’s daughter. I love her to pieces 
  • Played UNO till it was bed time. Sister Curran won 100 games and I won 1 🙂 
  • Personal Study is a great way to start your day! 
  • Our wonderful district 
  • Exchanges with Hermana Jackson! 
  • When you and your companion get hit on…. no sir we will not give you our number 
  • A woman that we met on the street gave us cold water bottles, otter pops, and we are going to teach her and her family! YAY! 
  • We love Mcdonalds because…. they give us large FREE waters 
  • When it’s 105 degrees outside plus the heat index which makes it like 115. It’s wonderful 
  • The elders bought us boba slushes cause it was so dang hot! Thanks elders! 
  • T’ Andra and her beautiful kids! Today we taught them the Popcorn Popping song! 
  • Saturday morning sports at the park at 6am 🙂 
  • A member made French dip sandwiches for Sunday night dinner. One of my favorite meals 
  • Glow in the dark mini golf for Zone p-day! 
  • I’m going to miss my best friend more than I can express. I love you Sister Curran 

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58 | Families Can Be Together Forever

Hello what a wonderful and tiring week it has been! We had Zone Conference, two exchanges, a BAPTISM, and a week full of miracles. 

Funny Story: we were sitting in sacrament meeting with T’Andra and her kids and Kaden one of her youngest sons wanted animal crackers but she wasn’t giving him any…. right when they began to pass the sacrament he said, ” Man that’s jacked up. That is jacked up” out loud in his what my mom would call an ” outside voice” laughing by still trying to be reverent I put my arm around him and said, ” were about to get some bread and water so it’s all good buddy. ” still upset about the animal crackers he put his head down and endured sacrament meeting. He did a great job! I LOVE KIDS! 

Ramona Jarvis got baptized on Saturday and confirmed today. It was a beautiful baptism. The Spirit was tangible as Brother Cashman baptized his mother. ( in their pool! ) As we sang ” In the Garden ” ( Ramona’s favorite song ) was a testimony to me that Ramona had been prepared and that the Lord was so proud of her. She is now a new beautiful creature in Christ. 

We had a family of seven come to church this week. What a miracle. It’s a mom and her six children. Her name is T’Andra and Sister Curran and Sister Bunker found her on exchanges on Friday. We went back Saturday morning and taught the Plan of Salvation to her and her children. It was great! They all came to church and stayed the whole time and LOVED IT! Sister Curran and I experienced a little bit of parenthood as we sat in sacrament with 6 children under the age of 10. It was wonderful. After church we went back and taught her the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and she is on date for baptism for the 5th of August. Two of her children are baptismal age and we are teaching her and kids together. 

We also are teaching a woman named Danetra. Sister Blake and I met her on exchanges this week. We knocked on her door and she let us right in, after we said we share a message about how families can be together forever. We sat down with her and began to share our message. She expressed how she wants her life to better and she wants to get right with God. We explained our purpose and the importance of following Christ in our lives. We went back Sunday evening and taught her the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and she has accepted a Baptismal date of August 12th, and she is solid to come to church next week with her two children. 

It was a privilege and a blessing to witness all these miracles the Lord performed right in front of our eyes. This week Sister Curran and I worked diligently, followed our plan to baptize, and listened to the Spirit. It was a great week! 

Sister Curran and I taught many families this week and were able to testify that they will all be able to be together in the next life. This is one of God’s Greatest Gifts to us! Eternal Life. As I looked at these families and how special they are my heart was filled with love and happiness as I thought about our loving Heavenly Father who has a plan for us and that He sent his Son Jesus Christ so we may all have eternal life with them. I know the Plan of Happiness is real and true. God loves us and Christ’s Atonement makes Salvation possible. My heart is full of gratitude for this Gospel and I know it to be true. We all are children of a loving Father in Heaven who desires for us to live with Him again. Follow Jesus Christ, read the Book of Mormon and the Bible to know what God is inviting us to do, pray for clear direction and guidance so we may stay strong in this fallen world, and let the Lord guide your life. 

2 Nephi 31:20: “Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life.” 

Press Forward and look to the Lord he is anxiously reaching out to you. 

Have a great week everyone! 

Pictures: 

  • We met these cute kids that kept wanting more and more pictures of Jesus Christ 
  • It was SO HOT THIS WEEK 
  • There were lots of floral patterns at Zone Conference! I love Sister Blake and Sister Forsyth! 
  • Y’all know I love Sister Shipley 🙂 
  • Sister Curran and I! It’s been such a blessing serving with my best friend for the past 5 months
  • A Father baptizing his mother ❤️ it was a beautiful baptism 
  • Grateful for this wall of memories ❤